There is probably enough information here, on POWERKIT's opening screen, and
in QWIK-REF.DOC, for experienced users to load it and test it. For more
detail, (and for info on how to set up pop-up help menus until you learn
POWERKIT's commands) TYPE the user's manual, POWERKIT.DOC, to printer or
Tyros should TYPE and read the user's manual before operating POWERKIT. To
do this, make sure your printer is on, the print head is near the top of a
sheet of paper, the file POWERKIT.DOC is on drive "A", say, then enter:
TYPE A:POWERKIT.DOC >PRN
On some machines, the ENTER key is labeled RETURN, on others a downward and
leftward pointing, right-angled ARROW. Leave out >PRN when TYPING to the
display. There are twelve pages in the manual.
INSTALLATION: To operate POWERKIT, the file POWERKIT.OBJ must be on your boot
disk, and the line:
DEVICE=POWERKIT.OBJ (instructions to POWERKIT may go here)
must be in the CONFIG.SYS file on your boot disk. Ideally, this line should
be the FIRST line in your CONFIG.SYS file. Your boot disk is the floppy disk
you place in disk drive "A" when you turn the machine on, unless you have a
hard disk drive, in which case your boot disk is the hard disk. If you do not
have a file named CONFIG.SYS on your boot disk, transfer the CONFIG.SYS file
that comes with this package to your boot disk at the same time you transfer
POWERKIT.OBJ. To transfer these files, boot up, put the disk containing
POWERKIT.OBJ and CONFIG.SYS in floppy disk drive "B", then type:
If your machine has only one floppy disk drive and no hard disk drive, drive
"B" is also drive "A", and the above procedure will involve swapping your boot
disk with the POWERKIT.OBJ disk, and back again. Reboot your computer,
POWERKIT will let you know if it is loaded.
POWERKIT version 1.5 differs from version 1.1 in the following ways:
* POWERKIT's screen blanker no longer ignores EGA cards.
* Machine cannot be "unlocked" without the password.
* POWERKIT's "beeper" has been replaced by the system "beeper".
* Screen blanking is disabled while AutoPilot is engaged.
* AutoZoom: Pressing any key while holding down keypad "5" causes
the key to repeat at the rate you have selected.
* AutoPilot's buffer has been increased to 16 keystrokes.
Two new switches, to be set from the DEVICE=POWERKIT.OBJ line in
CONFIG.SYS, or from the command line of POWERKIT.COM, have been added.
* /Xn changes the rate at which the repeat reaches top speed.
n = 0 -- Repeat begins at full speed
n = 1 -- Repeat reaches top speed quickly
n = 2 -- (Default) Repeat same as in version 1.1
* /Y0 disables the Scroll Lock key handler in POWERKIT.
POWERKIT version 1.6 has the following changes:
* POWERKIT now boots up "instantly", the "pause" has been replaced by a
switch that tells POWERKIT the clock tick rate of "semi-compatible" machines.
* Two new "run-on curb" methods have been added.
* POWERKIT now has "1-2-3" style pop-up menus to guide the new user.
The pop-up menus are generated by the public domain program SlashBar (c)
1987, Ziff-Davis. SlashBar is described in PC Magazine, vol. 6 # 10, by
its author, R.L. Hummel, and can be downloaded from PC Magazine's BBS
(212) 696-0360, (415) 598-9100, and many other places. The interface to
SlashBar can be detached from POWERKIT when the user has become familiar
with POWERKIT's KEYPAD 5 commands, or when the several thousand bytes used
by SlashBar and the interface are needed to allow a large application
program to load.
* Several control switches have been added.
POWERKIT version 1.71 has the following changes:
* Machine can be locked with a password on bootup ("kid-proofs" your
machine from kids of all ages).
* The PrtSc key handler in POWERKIT has been removed (use KEYPAD 5, P).
* AutoPilot now can go faster. It also used to "miss" a keystroke occasionally.
* POWERKIT.COM will recognize if it (or POWERKIT.OBJ) is already resident.
* POWERKIT recognizes more EGA adaptors, and a bug was fixed that prevented
EGA cards from turning back on after blanking.
* Cursor is placed near the bottom of the opening screen (reset it with /Cn).
* POWERKIT's "hot" key and AutoZoom's "hot" key have been combined. A
version that has the old "hot" key will still be available on request.
* Bug fixed in Plan "B" run-on curb.
* /Z1 replaces POWERKIT's soft "beep" with the much louder "system beep".
* /M0 causes POWERKIT not to change the floppy disk motor shut-off parameter.
* /Tn activates blanking of HERCULES brand display adaptors.
n = 1 -- Checks for Hercules adaptor. If present, activates blanking.
n = 2 -- Uses Hercules blanking technique without checking.
NOTICE TO USERS WHOSE CURSORS VANISH:
After POWERKIT installs itself, it sets the cursor at the bottom of the
screen. Sometimes, device drivers installed after POWERKIT unintentionally
make your cursor disappear, not to return again, until you enter the clear
screen command (CLS, some versions of DOS 2.XX don't have CLS), or a program
you load resets the display page. To avoid this annoyance (or to eliminate
the "cursor" message), use /Cn (see below or POWERKIT.DOC) to set the cursor
some distance above the bottom of the screen.
* /Cn, n = 0 to 25 (1 = TOP), sets the cursor at row "n" after POWERKIT.OBJ is
installed. /C0 clears the screen and sets the cursor at the top of the screen.
POWERKIT v1.72 -- fixed bug in Hercules blanking -- added a NO REPEAT option to
AutoPilot -- small change in run-on curb plans A and B -- eliminated plan C
POWERKIT v1.73 -- fixed problem PK had with 101 key enhanced keyboards --
run-on plans A and B can be active at the same time (if CAPS=ON when plan is
set) -- changed the function of the "/R" switch -- eliminated "/O" switch,
added "/A" switch
* /An, n = 0 to 10, # of fake keystrokes plan A sends between real keystrokes.
* /Rn, n = 0 to 10, # of "lies" plan B tells between keystrokes.
ADDED AT RELEASE DATE, 2/2/88: On 101 key keyboards, the function keys F11 and
F12 won't work as HOT keys. This should be fixed by the time you decide to